Westchester legislators urge stronger gun control in unanimous vote


The Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a resolution Monday night urging the federal government to consider a long list of measures to prevent gun violence and keep firearms out of the hands of potentially dangerous people, while emphasizing that they gun ownership is a constitutional right.

The vote was 16-0 with Legislator Virginia Perez, D-Yonkers, absent.

The list of measures include mandating universal background checks on all gun sales, increasing penalties for violent crimes using guns, ensuring information from mental health providers on people who might be a danger to themselves or others makes it to the National Insta Check System, increasing federal funding for community mental health programs and banning “automatic military-style assault weapons.”

The resolution will be sent to the president and congressional leaders.


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  1. There is no such thing as an “automatic, military-style assault weapon.” An assault RIFLE is capable of automatic or burst fire. An “assault weapon” is a meaningless term to describe SEMI-AUTOMATIC rifles with certain cosmetic features that make it look scary. They are NOT automatic. These buffoons are pathetic.

  2. just the facts on

    when Obama described “military-style assault weapons,” he was not referring to machine guns, but rather firearms that are nearly identical to military-grade assault rifles, without being automatic.

    “A lot of times the semi-autos are described as ‘military-style,’ ” said Rand. “They have all of the military characteristics of military assault weapons except they can’t fire full[y] automatically. Otherwise they’re identical.”

    apprently its a term of art..so they are not buffoons

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